The Royal Society officers declared their satisfaction with the election of Edmond Halley

June 26, 1686

Birch, History, vol. IV p. 489, 16 June 1686 (O.S.) in London:

It was ordered that the allowance for encouraging the publication of the Philosophical Transactions by the secretaries taking sixty copies of them as soon as printed, according to an order of December 13, 1682, be continued till farther order. ...

This council do declare their satisfaction in the Society's choice of Mr. Halley, notwithstanding his want of the fifth qualification [unmarried and childless], concluded on by the council of January 27 last past, which at the time of his election the Society was pleased to dispense with.